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​The Mid-America All-Indian Museum is home to a museum that features pieces from a collection with more than 3,000 artifacts. This allows for exhibits to be changed throughout the years so that a variety of stories can be told about American Indian culture and heritage.

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Permanent Exhibit


Tsate Kongia: Walking in Two Worlds, the Life of Blackbear Bosin

The exhibit gives an in-depth look into the personal and professional life of Bosin, one of the founders of the Indian Center and the man behind Wichita's iconic Keeper of the Plains sculpture. Tsate Kongia was Bosin's Kiowa name. It means "Blackbear" and belonged to his great-grandfather, a Kiowa chief. The exhibit includes paintings, photographs, vintage film footage, live audio tapes made by Bosin and interviews with people who were close to him.

Bosin was an internationally recognized Kiowa-Comanche sculptor and acrylic/watercolor painter from Oklahoma who adopted Wichita as his home in 1940. Primarily a self-taught artist, Bosin helped enhance a better understanding of his culture by presenting scenes and tales of his beloved Indian heritage beautifully to the world. National Geographic gave Bosin his first national recognition in March 1955 with the publication of his painting "Prairie Fire."

Current Exhibits

  • What We Collect

    June 25, 2022 - December 31, 2023

    The human desire to collect objects is long recognized in historical and cultural studies. What makes us collect things and why? This exhibit highlights different objects donated to the museum by collectors, families, and individuals.

  • Ivory Miniatures

    June 25, 2022 - December 31, 2023

    Join us for a closer look at our extraordinary collection of intricately carved ivory miniatures. These stunning works of art were gifts made for Mildred Manty, a Ketchikan Public Health nurse by the Alaska Natives she served.

  • From the Vault

    December 5, 2023 - May 2024

    Did you know our museum has over 3,000 objects in its collection? Join us for a curated exhibit of original works of art from the Indian Musuem's unique collection and see two newly acquired works donated by the Michaelis family.

  • We Are the Spirit

    December 5, 2023 - May 2024

    Kachinas are messengers between the human and spirit world. Human impersonators dance in Kachina ceremonies from winter solstice through mid-July. The dolls are made by Hopi people to teach children about spiritual beings. Come explore Kachinas through their ceremonies and physical representations. Learn about the Kachina season while viewing our unique collection on display.

Upcoming Exhibits